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Roughtalley’s Wood LNR

Event 

Title:
Volunteer Day: Roughtalley's Wood
When:
02.06.2016 10.00 h
Where:
Category:
Countrycare Events

Description

Roughtalley's wood

The usual variety of tasks in the wood.  We will be digging up a plant which is invading the wood at the footpath end and overpowering everything else. There is also blanket weed in one of the ponds to get out. We started painting the boardwalk last year but ran out of paint so there is some more painting to do. The fence by the Norway house car park will be getting a covering of chicken wire to stop rubbish blowing into the wood. Finally the hardened path has several points where muddy puddles form during wet weather, these will be re surfaced. Meet: 10.00am, car park beside Norway House, off B181 Epping Road. Grid Reference: TL 4885 0371.

The Countrycare office telephone is 01992 564224. Please note we are currently at capacity for volunteers. If you would like to go on our volunteer waiting list please contact us.

Venue

Roughtalley’s Wood Local Nature Reserve
Venue:
Roughtalley’s Wood Local Nature Reserve

Description

Size:: 3.4 Hectares

Grid Reference: TL 489 036 {phocamaps view=link|id=15|text=Map}

Parish: North Weald

Owners: Epping Forest District Council

LNR Declaration: 17 August 2000

Access: There is open public access on the reserve. Pedestrian access is via entrances from Pike Way, North Weald. There is no designated car park for the Reserve, so please park considerately on Pike Way

Site description: Like many of our other local nature reserves Roughtalley’s Wood is not very big, It’s easy to stroll around in half an hour, but it still offers the chance of a pleasant woodland experience. There are always many birds at the site and if you are very lucky you may get the glimpse of a slow worm, grass snake or an orchid in the sunnier spots.

Roughtalley's Wood in its entirety is a large ancient woodland covering 25 hectares. However, in 1860’s it was divided unequally in two by the creation of the Eastern Counties Railway Epping to Ongar line extension. The largest section of the wood lies to the south of the railway is privately owned by the Gaynes Park Estate and was until the early 1990’s managed for commercial timber. Today, this southern wood has become the District's first green burial site - The Epping Forest Burial Park. This has created public access and management of the wood once more.
 
The smaller section is Roughtalley's Wood to the north of the railway is owned by Epping Forest District Council and is a small woodland (just 3.4 hectares) which in 2000 was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by Epping Forest Council. The Reserve consists of two distinct sections. One is an area of ancient woodland which contains species such as Hornbeam, Oak and Silver birch with an understory of primarily Hazel and Hawthorn.  The other is a younger developing broad-leaved woodland with wildflower glades. In the spring and summer you may be lucky enough to spot orchids such as the broad-leaved Helleborine, Bee orchid and Common spotted orchid in these glades.

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